Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013


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Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2013. There are 313 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The conscription law still excites public indignation. Men ofmeans, however, are jubilant at getting clear upon the payment of $300.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The logging season, which annually opens hundreds of jobs inRock Island Mills, likely will open within a week or two.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The ninth annual Ball of the Progressive Railway Lodge No.695, Industrial Association of Machinists, will be held tomorrow night in Industrial Hall,Rock Island. George W. Gunther, Ray D. Gerlich and Otto L. Siegrist are members of theplanning committee.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Plans to put Rock Island's Works Progress Administration sidewalk repair program inoperation were announced today.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Soprano Maria Baldwin, a graduate of Moline High School, hassigned a contract to sing with the Metropolitan Opera, beginning next season. As far as isknown, she is the first Moliner ever to get a Metropolitan contract.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The children's department of the Moline Public Library will say"Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss" from 2 to 3 p.m. March 5 at the main library. This hour is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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